How eco-guilty are you?

8th September 2019

Paint the Town Green HQ has banged this drum before. We aren’t radical eco-warriors. We are passionately eco-conscious. We strongly believe all it takes to help preserve our wonderful world is a positive conscience and effort.

It’s hard to change habits of a life time. However, be prepared to be surprised at how good the small changes make you feel, especially when you are contributing to positive change. At Paint the Town Green, we employ environmentally friendly practices in our decorating business and our eco, designer paint is free from toxic fumes – better for you and the environment. Plastic is the biggest offender right now. Do you ever look in other people’s supermarket trolleys and wonder about the packaging?

Convenient or not, single use plastic is becoming one of the biggest threats to this planet and even city dwellers cannot fail but be aware of how our beach shores are washing up worrying amounts of plastic.

It is therefore the responsibility of everyone to try and reduce their ‘plastic footprint’. So, we thought we’d share a few easy ideas. No doubt most people have adopted one or two already but there may be one of two things in there that haven’t quite reached you yet that you might be willing to try.

Old fashioned milks bottles are a better alternative to plastic

Just be mindful our fluttery little friends don’t beat the cat to the cream!

Old fashion milk bottles!

Time to find out who your local milk man is. There is something delightful about hearing the milk van bumbling along the street in the early hours of the morning and it’s easy to get into the habit of putting out the empty bottles. Although we find a few empty bottles come in very handy too around the home. They make lovely vases and they come in handy when you need to fill up the iron or to water the plants.

The only caution which you will need to discover over time is whether the little feathered folk discover your foil topped bottles on your doorstep and have had their own social gathering/drinks party before you’re even up. In which case, you’ll need to ask your milkman to protect your milk delivery using an old breadboard or the like. All very Enid Blyton and charming – gets a big thumbs up from us!

Bring your own mug

Re-usable coffee cups are two a penny these days. Take the time to choose one that makes you particularly happy and allow it to be become a regular feature in your handbag or briefcase. Most coffee shops offer a discount for bringing in your own cup. Big shout out to Bristol based coffee shop Boston Tea Party who banned single use coffee altogether cups last June despite seeing sales fall by £250,000. Customers must bring a reusable cup, drink in or pay a deposit on a cup they can return to any branch, of which there are 22 in the UK.

Owner Sam Roberts says: “Those using a 25p off a reusable cup scheme – we know first-hand this has a very low penetration and when we launched that scheme ourselves, only 5% of customers took it up.” He continues: “We felt this was a financial loss we had to take, and we want this to be a call to action to other companies.” We salute you Boston Tea Party for leading the way. The company have as a result stopped 125,000 cups going to landfill, sold 40,000 reusable coffee cups and raised £12,000 for local charities with the money saved on buying disposable cups – roughly 10 pence for every cup. Hurrah. What’s not to love!

And if you’re wondering, here’s a quick lowdown on what incentives the big chains are offering (source: bbc.co.uk):

Costa Coffee has promised to recycle as many cups as it puts in to the market by 2020 and offers customers 25p off hot beverages served in reusable cups.

Pret a Manger offers 25p discount on hot beverages in reusable cups. Since, they now serve 150K drinks in reusable cups ever week and over six million paper cups have been saved.

Starbucks offer 25p on drinks in reusable cups.

Caffe Nero offers two stamps per coffee on its loyalty card for drinks in reusable cups.

As well, all the aforementioned are involved in a cup recycling scheme that funds the collection of take away cups for recycling.

Of course, the same must be said for water bottles. Treat yourself to a water bottle that you’d be happy to take anywhere. Finally, the last word on this is a quick straw poll said no to plastic straws. Boom!

It’s a wrap

No more clingfilm! It kills poor fish. Beeswax wraps are a popular alternative in school pack lunches and covering left overs. Phil has taken to using them for his sandwiches and thinks they’re great. Lakeland also do assorted stretch to fit food covers, CoverMate which are microwavable, reusable and washable.

Bath time

Try deliciously scented soaps as an alternative to the many plastic containers that line our bathrooms. You can even get shampoo and conditional bars these days too! As well did you know a plastic toothbrush takes about 500 years to decompose! Bamboo toothbrushes with nylon bristles are a much better option. Check out the Humblebrush from The Humble Co.

And that’s quite enough to be starting with. Hope this inspires you to tweak your daily habits to help preserve our planet. The trick is to start as you mean to go on. Good luck!

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Paint the Town Green offer an in-house colour consultancy. Our eco-friendly paints have the lowest possible levels of VOCs making them a better choice for you and the environment. All water based, they are odourless, quick drying and come in three finishes: matt, wipeable or eggshell.

For more information about our paints or for a decorating quote, please visit our showroom at 39a&b Allfarthing Lane or call us on 020 8871 0531.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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